I'm trying to understand what is fictional and what is real history in a particular science fiction book.
For instance, what 1917 represents for the Labour Party in UK?
The book "The Lord of the world" by R.H Benson, first published in 1907, says:
in 1917 the Labour party gathered up the reins [in England], and Communism really began
The communism part is not what interest me, it's the "1917 the "Labour party gathered up the reins", is it true or fictional?
[...] The new order began then; and the Communists have never suffered a serious reverse since, except the little one in ’25. Blenkin founded ’The New People’ then; and the ’Times’ dropped out; but it was not, strangely enough, till ’35 that the House of Lords fell for the last time. The Established Church had gone finally in ’29.”
I'd like to know if those events are real or fictional. Did Blenkin and the "The New People" exist? Did the "Times" and the House of Lords "dropped out" for a time? What is the little reverse in 1925, and I think the Established Church part is fictional, or does it refer to a particular event in UK religious history?